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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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Cinderella – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If there is a classic in the land of pantomimes, then it has to be Cinderella. The rags to riches tale of a poor girl, banished to the kitchens by her evil stepsisters, with only the mice and her good friend Buttons for company. That is, until her ...

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Jumpers for Goalposts – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Toms Wells Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Tom Wells’ hugely engaging Jumpers for Goalposts blasts its way into the Oldham Coliseum with flair and grace and a story that cannot fail to resonate. The squad of Barely Athletic invite us in to the world of post-match team talks about football, love, loss, relationships, hopes and dreams and most ...

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The Winters Tale – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Winter’s Tale is not an obvious choice for Northern Broadsides’ traditional style of bold and direct story-telling, being a play that gives up its secrets in the most indirect way, but Broadsides can be more subtle than most people think and have become ...

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Bell, Book and Candle – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: John Van Druten Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall   “I’m just human!” If you’re after a different kind of play - the enchanting, magical and spell bounding type then Bell, Book and Candle just might be for you! This American play by John van Druten is very rarely staged in the United Kingdom. It is certainly different, but ...

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Inherit the Wind – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Inherit The Wind - New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme Writer: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee Director: Peter Leslie Wild Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Whar’re yuh skeered of? You was a worm once!’ A child’s jibe cuts straight to the heart of the matter in this play. In a Southern state fundamentalist community, it is ill advised to flaunt the notion of ...

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Chicago – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Fred Ebb &Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating:4.5] With over 7,000 performances on Broadway and a 15 year stint in the West End Chicago is pretty well known to theatre goers across the globe, however this production from the Oldham Coliseum takes the show back to its vaudevillian roots. This is the first ...

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